by Hope Wisechild
You’ve cleaned and aired your tent and got all your festival kit stashed away. But there’s one thing you still need to do before you start planning for 2014 – vote for your favourites of 2013. Now in its tenth year, the prestigious UK Festival Awards, with prizes awarded both by judging panels and public votes, continues to celebrate excellence in the industry and help millions of festival-goers pick their way through the ever-increasing options.
Event partner Peppermint Bars proudly sponsors this year’s Promoter of the Year award, which is judged by the Festival Awards Board. Last year’s went to arch-innovator Gareth Cooper of 2012’s ‘Best New Festival’ Festival Number 6. And new for this year is a Best Use of New Technology prize for breakthroughs in live music production. All winners will be announced at London’s Roundhouse on December 2nd.
With a record 200 festivals participating, the organisers are also hoping for even more than last year’s half-a-million votes. Voting is now live and remains open until November 1st. You’ll be offered a list of festivals who have put themselves forward for each of the following awards, and can vote in as many or as few categories as you like. To sweeten the deal, you’ll get the chance to enter a draw for a pair of tickets to 2014’s version of every winning festival.
So whether there’s one event you just have to praise or you can’t resist the opportunity to set the festival world to rights, get over to http://ukvoting.festivalawards.com/. This year, votes are invited in the following categories:
Best Major Festival
Best Medium-sized FestivalTom Gough
Best Small festival
Best New Festival
Folkstock and Lost at Sea are among those vying for the reputation-making award.
Best Grass Roots festival
Best Dance Event
Best Metropolitan Festival
Best Family FestivalPhoto: Hope Wisechild
Best Overseas Festival
Arguably the most urgent festival issue. Who impressed you with queue-busting urinals, super-efficient cleaners or considerate kids? and disabled facilities? Does Lodestar deserve to stay on the throne?
Headline Performance of the Year
Best Breakthrough Artist
Aluna George, Haim, Lulu James – who was this year’s Jake Bugg?
Anthem of the Summer
Is Get Lucky by Daft Punk or Disclosure‘s White Noise still stuck in your head?